March 12, 2012 – Texas Highway Patrol troopers will increase patrols and crack down on drunk drivers during a special enforcement effort over Spring Break.
The increased patrols will be in effect across the state through March 18 in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The patrols are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation targeting impaired driving.
“College and high school students should remember that the drinking age in Texas is 21, and any driver under that age with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can be charged with breaking the law,” said Assistant Director Luis Gonzalez, chief of the Highway Patrol. “Getting impaired drivers off the road during Spring Break will make the roads safer and protect lives.”
Last year during the Spring Break enforcement period, DPS made 1,266 DWI arrests, including 380 made by troopers who were patrolling as a result of additional funding.
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